The Painted Turtle relies on the generosity of hundreds of volunteers every year to accomplish our mission. Each year, more than 800 volunteers donate over 35,000 hours to make the magic of The Painted Turtle a reality. When you volunteer with us, you become a part of The Painted Turtle family: a caring, supportive, and compassionate community that comes together to make a difference in the lives of our campers. Our volunteer opportunities include Camp at Home: Cabin Chat Series, Fall Family Weekends, and the Holiday Gathering in Lake Hughes!

The Volunteer Program is endowed by Delta Zeta Sorority.

2022 Opportunities

The Painted Turtle is now accepting volunteer applications. Please be sure to check your eligibility here

Fall Volunteer Calendar

Virtual Cabin Chats

Join us every Tuesday evening from October 4th to November 8th at 6-8pm

Orientation: Tuesday, September 27th at 6:00-7:30pm 

Fall Family Weekends (Lake Hughes)

Epilepsy Family Weekend: September 30th-October 2nd

Kidney Family Weekend: October 14th-16th

Special Diagnoses Family Weekend: November 4th-6th

Campamento Para Familias: November 18th-20th

Holiday Gathering and Hoopla (Lake Hughes)

Holiday Gathering: December 3rd

Holiday Hoopla (Year-End Volunteer Appreciation Event): Evening of December 3rd-December 4th

Questions? Please contact Megan O’Meara, Volunteer Coordinator, at megano@thepaintedturtle.org or call 310-451-1353 x108.


Volunteer Requirements and Application

Welcome volunteer applicants! We appreciate your interest in getting involved with our program.

All new and returning volunteers may apply by completing an online application. We accept applications on a rolling basis and we recommend applying as far in advance of the session(s) you wish to attend. We recommend completing your application at least 5-6 weeks before your desired session.


Volunteer Opportunities

The volunteer program at The Painted Turtle is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to bring joy, laughter, and smiles to our campers and families.  The Painted Turtle recruits volunteers for our spring and fall programs as well as for our week-long Summer Sessions and hospital and community outreach opportunities.

The Painted Turtle is currently accepting applications for our 2022 Sessions. All new and returning volunteers may apply for 2022 sessions by completing an online application.